Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Review: Give Me Love & Give Me Perfect Love by Paige P. Horne

Give Me Love (Book 1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this story though it’s a bit long. The Prologue was well written and shocking.

The story is about two broken people trying to work out a relationship without really wanting one in the first place. Isn’t this often the case that if you don’t want one, you find yourself in the middle of one? Whatev. Those two people try for a future together while their past is constantly shoving his butt in their way.

I struggled in the beginning but not because the story was so bad, no, it was because it’s really similar to certain other stories that I’ve read. But after I tried to push those thoughts about the similarities away, I really enjoyed this book.
The writing is easy and ok but there are some punctuation mark errors that irritate me as a reader.
I was not a fan of how the story was all about this girl that just broke up with her rich boyfriend and everybody loves her which she allegedly doesn’t even notice. I didn’t really like her character in the beginning because she appeared phony to me, it got better though during the story. Bryce on the other hand... oh boy, what a man. Hot Hot Hot =P
At the end I really enjoyed the story. (I honestly enjoyed the whole story. It's a pity that I had problems reading it just because of the similarities to other books)

If you enjoy stories like Fifty Shades of Grey or Crossfire then you will probably like this one too as long as you don’t mind reading something similar. However, don’t worry; it’s not a one-to-one story.

Update: The second book will make up for the similarities from the first book because it's different and sooo good. (And it's really worth to get through the first one in case that you struggle like I did.)

Give Me Perfect Love (Book 2)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After a few attempts of writing this review let me tell you at first that looking at the Cover brings back the tears in my eyes. It fits so perfectly. (You will know what I mean when you read the book.) That being said, it's hard to stay focused on writing my review so it may get a little confusing. Be warned. =)

I was really surprised by this book in a good way and I think that the author improved her writing in it.
Although the first book was a good read, it couldn't always hold my attention. This second book and therefore the conclusion in this Perfect Love Series had a lot more going on and pushed its characters to their limits. I loved it. It made me cry, laugh, smile, giggle, scream in anger and frustration and cry a lot more. This one had it all. I just couldn't put it down.

We get an insight in Kat's past which helped me understand her better. We also get to know some new characters in this book which give more width to the story and make it more real. I think they are all well described without overdoing it. (I hate nothing more than an unimportant Character taking in half of the book for themselves.)
The families are more involved which I loved and I really adore Lee. (During this read I thought that it would be great to give Jace his own story but after I had finished this book, I doubt there would be a good story left.)

I love Bryce and how protective he was of Kat. I understood him so well even with all his fucked-up-ness. He was loved by a lot of people and once he learned to love too, he gave himself completely.

During the read, I was curious as to where the story will go and how it will end. I found the first book a little predictable and was worried this would be too. But in this book we get a lot of twists and turns and ups and downs. And the ending left me speechless. I did not see that coming. It took me really by surprise and this was the worst. I fell into a deep hole (not because it was surprising) because what happened was so unexpected and really really sad. Ugly cry ahead is all I'm saying.

Some thoughts on things I liked and didn't like so much:
At some points I was really angry at Kat and as you may have noticed by now I wasn't always a fan of Kathrine. But closer to the end I loved her.

I was a bit confused and worried when the time jumped suddenly a year forward because I didn't want to miss out on anything. But I think it was necessary to keep the story in a good flow. Whereas the first book was more or less in a time line of a few month (as far as I remember), this book jumps a few times forward in months and years.

Fun fact: When I started reading and saw that there would be two Epilogues coming at the end, I was like “Ok, maybe we'll see Kat and Bryce when they are old and senile. That could be fun. Because I really pictured them together forever even with their problems.”
(If you want to know if this really was in the Epilogue, or something completely different → you have to read the book to find out =)

Oh the Letter, it had me in tears...

There were also really funny scenes. I loved when Kat asked Bryce ordinary questions and when she listed the things she loved about him. This was really sweet but also so funny and cracked me up.

Like I said there were at lot of fun moments but also really sad heartbreaking parts. I love how this story contains so much from real life. Happiness, sadness, angst and worries. When Kat sat outside of her shop at her birthday and was near at having a breakdown, this really hit so close to home. I felt for her and knew that what she worried about so many of us worry about too.

My two favorite scenes (beside the ending, weirdly) were at 66% (chapter sixteen) and at 84% (chapter twenty). I would love to put some quotes in here but I think that would be too much of a spoiler. =P Let me just say that I love Bryce.

Last but not least the ending. Like I mentioned before I did not see that one coming. This really threw me off tracks.. with a blast! I couldn't believe it. The last chapter was so hard to read. I loved the epilogues though. It was a nice way of giving the reader some closure and kind of a HEA. It was devastating and had me in tears but I loved it nonetheless. It was a beautiful ending in a sad way. (One happy and one teary eye.)

This book will hold a special place in my heart and will stay with me forever and always. I am a sucker for ugly cries like this even when I drown myself in tears every time. I always say that if I would have known beforehand how it will end, I wouldn't read it and just stop before the sad part starts but I could never actually do this because I just love how an author can touch my heart so deeply with his story.

some meaningful and favorite quotes I have to share (it's really hard to choose from so many awesome ones):
(obviously there are spoilers ahead)

“Nothing is wrong. Everything is right, and I'm not sure to be happy or scared shitless.”

“We've got this. As long as we are together, we've got this.”

Time. It is a precious thing. A gift. It is not promised or guaranteed. The most ridiculous thing is we all think we have plenty of it. We do not. We simply do not...

Life doesn't always give you happy endings. That I know all to well. Sometimes, the princess doesn't get her happily ever after. Sometimes, she doesn't get her glass slipper back. Sometimes, she stays locked in the dungeon forever because she can't see the beauty of the beast. Life will knock you down, chew you up spit you out, and then ask you, “What you gonna do about it?” That … that is real life. But then, there are those moments where you find the diamond in the rough. You see the silver lining in all the fucked-up mess, and mine is now running toward me calling me mama. That's my diamond. That's my silver lining. That is my glass slipper.

“I love you,” he whispers into my ear. “And I love you Forever and always,” I murmur.

“Where did you go?” I ask. “Nowhere, girl. I've always been right here,” he says, putting his hand over my heart.

“What took you so long, lady?” he asks, smiling the only way he can.

“Go somewhere with me?” he asks, pulling away. “Anywhere.” I grin. “Where you go, I go.”

-- I received an ARC of both books from the author through the Fifty Shades Support Group on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. --

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